I’ve been a little radio silent around here for a bit. Mostly because I’ve been eating. Or thinking about eating. Or planning the eating.
To be fair, this is the case for me All the Time. I like food. But in my defense at this particular time, my friend Maggie and I just held our first ever Food and Wine Retreat, so All the Thinking About Food = LEGIT.
I cannot adequately express how very … Continue Reading “On Eating and Life: I Know You Understand”
We went on vacation last week, and it’s not lost on me that we’re now part of a narrowing group of American families who can afford ridiculous luxuries like paid time off and time together in the sun and water. Never mind that this holiday was paid for by Nana and Papa, and not us; we won’t pretend generous grandparents involved in their grandkids’ lives and with the means to gift us family time isn’t … Continue Reading “The Pictures You Don’t See on Facebook: PTSD and My Son’s Service Dog Hero”
The tentative whispers and the cautious what ifs — the quiet perhapses and the hesitant maybes — can change your life.
I know they’ve changed mine.
Again and again, the what ifs and maybes changed mine.
Like, maybe I love him. And, what if I marry him? And, perhaps I should follow my heart.
Changed my life.
They were toes in the water and the slow first steps, those perhapses of wondering which were born … Continue Reading “Christmas Came Early: Introducing Someone Very Special…”
An Open Letter to You
From a Mama of Kids With Special Needs
Dear You, my friend,
Dear You, my neighbor,
Dear You who have kids without special needs… kids with just, you know, the usual slew of bottomless needs,
Dear You who are kids,
Dear You who were once kids,
I want to tell you about my son.
Just for a minute.
And about me and what it’s … Continue Reading “An Open Letter to You From a Mama of Kids With Special Needs”
I have things to write, you guys. Stuff to say. Some of it’s drivel, as usual, but some of it’s important.
I want to write about having a kid with special needs and what it means to live with constant, evolving grief while still looking for the joy.
I want to write about how annoying it is when people say, “You think two is hard? TWO? Just wait ’til your kid turns THREE. … Continue Reading “If I Had Time to Write, This Is What I’d Say…”
I hate homework more than my children hate homework, and I hope you understand I’m not maligning my kids’ Homework-Hating Potential by telling you so.
I mean, sure, not all my kids are consistent about hating homework, especially my deliriously enthusiastic, trend-bucking 1st graders who seem for now to actually enjoy it, but I like to think even they carry some sort of latent homework-hating potential, if only from my side of the gene pool. … Continue Reading “Do Your Kids Have Too Much Homework? 5 Tips on How to Tell and What to Do”
When I was pregnant with twins and completely out of my mind with Oh Dear God, I Can’t Do This Five Kids Thing, my friend Christy, a fellow mama of multiples, said, “Don’t worry. Every 3 months, something gets easier.”
Christy was right. Well, except when she was wrong. But mostly she was right. Every 3 months, in general, something did get easier.
Last week, we went on family vacation.
And family vacations can … Continue Reading “How to Have a Successful Family Vacation”